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McKee ’65 is a Consultant with Ruden McClosky

Attorney Clarence McKee, a 1965 graduate of Hobart College, has recently joined the law firm Ruden McClosky. McKee will expand the firm's services in the areas of lobbying, and government, community and media relations for the firm’s clients.

He is the former owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa, where he was the guiding force behind the creation of the first Florida Lottery Television Network. In 1998, he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. More information on McKee is available on the alumni/ae biographies Web site. The full press release from Ruden McClosky is below.

Communications Media Consultant and Attorney Clarence V. Mckee Joins Ruden McClosky Consulting in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, December 10, 2004 — The law firm of Ruden McClosky is pleased to announce that Clarence V. McKee has joined the firm’s consulting arm, Ruden McClosky Consulting, in the Fort Lauderdale office located at 200 East Broward Boulevard. Mr.

Mr. McKee, formerly of Tampa and President of McKee Communications, is the former owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa where he was the guiding force behind the creation of the first Florida Lottery Television Network. In that capacity, he developed partnerships with local businesses to raise funds for public education, served on several corporate Boards including Barnett Banks, Inc., Florida Power/Florida Progress Corporations and Checkers Drive-In Restaurants.

In 1998, he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. He is the former Chairman of the Florida Association of Broadcasters and a current member of its Executive Committee and Board. Mr. McKee has an extensive background of accomplishment and expertise in law, media, corporate, government, legislative and political affairs. He has applied his experience meeting challenges and solving problems in a wide range of disciplines including broadcasting, government, public and community relations, diversity, affirmative action and marketing. He is particularly skilled in the effective use of electronic and print media. His articles on political and current events have appeared in national and Florida news publications.

Earlier in his career, McKee held a number of positions in Washington, D.C., including on the U.S. Senate Staff for Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY), who he assisted writing the food stamp and school lunch legislation, legal adviser at the Federal Communications Commission to former FCC Commissioner and NAACP President Benjamin L. Hooks and held a number of appointed posts during the Reagan-Bush Administrations including serving as vice chairman of the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors.

Prior to coming to Florida, McKee was chairman of the District of Columbia Delegation to the 1984 Republican Convention and a member of its Rules Committee, presented political commentaries during the local FOX television “Ten-O’Clock News” and served as Washington Counsel for the Angolan Freedom Fighters (UNITA). In Florida, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Destination Florida Commission and he was recently elected to the Broward County Republican Executive Committee.

Mr. McKee is a graduate of Hobart College and The Howard University School of Law, was formerly admitted to the New York, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator.

Ruden McClosky is a full-service law firm with offices throughout Florida including Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach and one office in Caracas, Venezuela.